Kulsoom Abdullah makes weightlifting history

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa: Kulsoom Abdullah didn’t win, but she notched a victory for diversity at the US weightlifting championships on Friday as she competed in clothing that covered her legs, arms and head.

Wearing a black hijab and a black short-sleeved shirt with a tan, long-sleeved undershirt and long black socks, Pakistani-American, Abdullah cleared a snatch of 41 kilograms and a clean and jerk of 57 kilograms.

“I’m really happy that I got this experience and that there’s a lot of support, and I hope that it could encourage other women and people, whether it’s weightlifting or another sport, to try competition because it’s fun to meet people,” Abdullah said.


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